I think most folks breeding just for meat will have NZ, Cal or another meat breed. I raise dual purpose buns...French angoras. Those that don't make the fiber rabbit cut go to freezer camp.
Although I cook them just about anyway I'd cook chicken, we have two favorites. One is the hind legs wrapped in maple bacon and tossed on the grill. The other is a whole roaster stuffed and baked like a chicken or turkey. Oh, they also make good rabbit salad.
When we raised rabbits almost 20 years ago, we started with Californians and Harlequins, moving to Mini Rex within a year or two. We ate most of our Mini Rex culls; it's amazin how meaty they were!
Now that we plan on breeding rabbits primarily for meat, we've decided on Standard Rex and American Blues; the Rex because they are a "modern" meat breed and we like the fur, and the American Blues because they are a heritage breed.
Mine are mutts, but most likey have some New Zealand somewhere in their background. And yes, I use it just about any way I would use chicken.
There is one thing to keep in mind when adapting chicken recipes. Rabbit is a very fine textured, but dense white meat. It has more protein than chicken, but less fat and moisture. So although it can be used in most chicken recipes, it is often a good idea to use a lower, more gentle heat and to use something to add moisture or a bit of fat. That's why wrapping it in bacon works so well.
Apple juice makes a good liquid for cooking rabbit. And don't overlook rabbit soup. We use the rib sections for soup and it is wonderful. (Recipe in the sticky at top of page.)
we have florida whites and cali mutts... our fav is smoked rabbit
marinate them overnight or a few hours smoke for about 3 hours give or take alittle ..
its awsome.. it does take practice...hubby usually handels the actuall smoking as i can't seem to pick up on it..but even not right rabbit is good
Hi,I agree with maggiej posted above.As rabbits can be be cooked any why you can do chicken,more moisture or lower heat is needed as it has less fat then any other meat that i know of ,and i have been rasing rabbits for over 25 years or so.As to breed? cal,s and nzw are best as to,age,growth,wieght, to amount of feed to get to slaughter weight.Some will think different and thats fine.Just my thoughts.Cliff...
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